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'''Dean Ray Koontz''' (born July 9, 1945) is an American author. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror fiction|horror, fantasy, science fiction, Mystery (fiction)|mystery, and satire. Many of his books have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List|''New York Times'' Bestseller List, with 14 hardcovers and 14 paperbacks reaching the number one position. Koontz wrote under a number of pen names earlier in his career, including "David Axton", "Leigh Nichols" and "Brian Coffey". He has sold over 450 million copies as reported on his official website.
PseudonymAaron Wolfe, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Deanna Dwyer, John Hill, K.R. Dwyer, Leigh Nichols, Anthony North, Owen West, Richard Paige
Birth date{{birth date and age|1945|7|9}}
Birth placeEverett, Pennsylvania
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Alma materShippensburg State College (B.A., English, 1967)
Occupationnovelist, short story writer, screenwriter, poet
GenreSuspense, horror fiction, science fiction, thrillers, fantasy novel|fantasy
NotableworksOdd Thomas (novel)|Odd Thomas, Demon Seed (novel)|Demon Seed, Watchers (novel)|Watchers, Hideaway (novel)|Hideaway, Intensity (novel)|Intensity, Phantoms (novel)|Phantoms, The Face of Fear, Lightning (novel)|Lightning
ReligionRoman Catholic
InfluencesJohn D. MacDonald, Charles Dickens, Walker Percy, James M. Cain, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, T. S. Eliot, James Kirkwood, Jr.|James Kirkwood, William Goldman, Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein, Elmer Kelton, Jack Vance
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